To consider the Annual report for 2020/2021 for a referral to Full Council.
The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the Committee and Council in general for their perseverance and adherence to standards and the code of conduct during the ongoing pandemic.
The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) introduced the report, stating that there had been ten complaints made since April 2020, nine of which were related to Parish Councillors and one related to a District Councillor. She further clarified that the majority of matters had been dealt with by way of no further action and that no hearings had been necessary. The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) also stated that the Members’ Register of Interests continued to be maintained and updates as and when Members notified her of changes. She explained the training that had been provided to Councillors, noting that Covid 19 had resulted in no requirements to provide Induction Training for new members on the Code of Conduct, however, refresher training had been provided to District and Parish Council Members.
RESOLVED – That the report is agreed and referred to Full Council.